This page is primarily for politicians, researchers and journalists. It is designed to signpost you to key epilepsy information.
Below is a list of resources, publications and contacts that may help inform your work on epilepsy.
If you cannot find what you are looking for, or have a more detailed question regarding epilepsy facts and stats, please contact Stacey Rennard (PR and Campaigns Manager).
Telephone: 0113 210 8800 (UK) or +44 (0)113 210 8800 (international)
- Press and media
- Groups in Parliament
- Parliamentary debates
- Joint Epilepsy Council of the UK and Ireland
- Neurological Alliance
For media enquiries, and to contact the Epilepsy Action press office, please:
- Visit the press section of the website
- Phone: 0113 210 8870 (UK) or +44 (0)113 210 8870 (international)
- Email: email@example.com
Recent and relevant publications:
- Epilepsy prevalence, incidence and other statistics, Joint Epilepsy Council of the UK and Ireland (2011).
- England, Wales and Northern Ireland: The epilepsies: the diagnosis and management of the epilepsies in adults and children in primary and secondary care, NICE (2012).
- England, Wales and Northern Ireland: Quality Standards (QS26): The epilepsies in adults (2013).
- England, Wales and Northern Ireland: Quality Standards (QS27): The epilepsies in children and young people (2013).
- England, Wales and Northern Ireland: CMG47: NICE Commissioning Guide for the epilepsies (2013).
- Scotland: SIGN Guideline: Diagnosis and management of epilepsy in adults (2005).
- Scotland: SIGN Guideline: Diagnosis and management of epilepsies in children and young people (2005).
- Wales: Service Development Directive: Epilepsy, Welsh Assembly Government (2009).
- Local adult neurology services for the next decade, Royal College of Physicians and Association of British Neurologists (2011).
- Services for people with neurological conditions, National Audit Office. (2011).
- Committee of Public Accounts: Services for people with neurological conditions (2012).
- Government response to 72nd Report of the Committee of Public Accounts: Services for people with neurological conditions (2012).
- Navigating neurology services: helping strategic clinical networks to be a success story. The Neurological Alliance (2013).
- Intelligent Outcomes: Applying the health and social care reforms to improve outcomes for people with neurological conditions (2012).
- St Elsewhere’s Clinical Report. The National Audit of Seizure Management in Hospitals (2012).
- Epilepsy12. United Kingdom collaborative clinical audit of health care for children and young people with suspected epileptic seizures (2012).
- Epilepsy in the WHO European Region, World Health Organisation Global Campaign Against Epilepsy (2010).
- Best Care: the value of epilepsy specialist nurse, Epilepsy Action (2010).
- Epilepsy in England: time for change, Epilepsy Action (2009).
- All Party Parliamentary Group on Epilepsy: Wasted Money, Wasted Lives (2007).
- The National Service Framework for Long Term Neurological Conditions, Department of Health (2005).
- National Sentinel Clinical Audit of Epilepsy-Related Death, Epilepsy Bereaved (2002).
Epilepsy Action responds to relevant public consultations on behalf of our members and other people with epilepsy. To view our submissions, please visit our consultations webpage.
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Epilepsy (Westminster)
The secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Epilepsy at the UK Parliament is provided by Sharon Wood, Chief Executive of the Joint Epilepsy Council (JEC). To find out more about the work of the APG, including future meeting dates, please contact Sharon by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01943 871 852 (UK) or +44 (0)1943 871 852 (international).
- Cross-Party Group for Epilepsy (Holyrood)
The secretariat for the Cross-Party Group for Epilepsy at the Scottish Parliament is provided by Allana Parker, Communications Manager at Epilepsy Scotland. To find out more about the work of the Cross-Party Group, including future meeting dates, please contact Allana by emailing email@example.com or calling 0141 427 4911 (UK) or +44 (0)141 427 4911 (international).
- All-Party Group on Epilepsy (Stormont)
The secretariat for the All-Party Group on Epilepsy in Northern Ireland is provided by Clare Watson, National Manager for Northern Ireland at Epilepsy Action Northern Ireland. To find out more about the work of the APG, including future meeting dates, please contact Clare Watson by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are links to webpages detailing the most recent debates and other activity in the UK parliaments on epilepsy.
- May 2013: Northern Ireland debate on epilepsy services
- February 2013: Public Accounts Committee examine Work Capability Assessments
- January 2013: Debate on government support for people with epilepsy in the UK’s House of Commons
- November 2012: Debate on neurological and epilepsy services in the UK’s House of Lords
- October 2011: Prime Minister meets with epilepsy delegation
- November 2010 – April 2012: Epilepsy and Related Conditions Bill. (Ten Minute Rule Bill 112)
- MPs to debate epilepsy related death, November 2011.
- Debate on epilepsy in the House of Lords, December 2010.
- UK MPs debate epilepsy services in the National Health Service, October 2010.
Epilepsy Action carries out much of its political work under its membership of the Joint Epilepsy Council of the UK and Ireland (JEC). This is an umbrella group of charities and organisations working around the UK on behalf of people with epilepsy.
Epilepsy Action is a member of the Neurological Alliance, a coalition of more than 70 national and regional brain and spine organisations working in England.